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Latest news on ski lift openings
The key question on many minds over the past couple of months has been: will ski resorts in France and the European Alps open for Christmas, given the Covid-19 pandemic?
The French government has already announced that French ski stations can open for Christmas, but permission has yet to be given to lift operators to power up, putting thousands of jobs at risk, and dampening hopes of downhill skiing this December.
There is hope for skiers as Switzerland remains open
However, last week neighbouring Switzerland shunned French requests to follow suit, and Swiss lifts will be opening. Ski stations across the French Alps have mobilised and are lobbying the government to U-turn, so as not to put France at a disadvantage versus Switzerland. They also argue: if it's safe for commuters to travel by metro in Paris, it's safe to ride a ski lift in the open air wearing goggles and snoods.
The jury remains out on whether we'll be able to downhill ski this Christmas in France. We expect a new government announcement in the coming days, coinciding with the easing of coronavirus restrictions nationally. Subscribe to meribel.fr at the bottom of this page, and be the first to be informed as we get new news.
Many are still booking their trips
Meantime, ski stations are encouraging people to visit. Even if the lifts are not allowed to open, the mountains offer a range of activities for families to get away and have a much needed change of scene following the lock downs of 2020. And what better place to enjoy a guaranteed White Christmas together? Think: tobogganing, cross-country skiing, snow shoe walking, and games nights in front of the log fire.
Accordingly, we're seeing a rise in bookings of self-catered chalets, as people look for the enjoy a mountain get-away, while socially distancing and staying within their family bubbles. Take a look at the kind of places on offer here.
Discover luxury family chalets in Les Allues, Meribel
This week we shine a spotlight on the beautiful village of Les Allues, one of Meribel's satellite villages. Located just below the Méribel Centre, Les Allues is the original medieval village where Peter Lindsay, founder of Meribel, was based back in the 1930s.
Les Allues has the largest year-round population in the valley, with a 2000-strong permanent mixed Anglo-French community. It has a number of amenities and facilities that are open in all seasons and a fascinating culture and history dating back to medieval times, set around St Martin's Church and the communal bread oven.
Perfect for self-catering holidays, the village has a groceries shop (Sherpa) which is open 7/7. Tsaretta, the village pub, is also offering a daily take-away and delivery service so you can also order food in if you don't fancy cooking.
Last remaining chalets
Most chalets are now booked for Christmas and the New Year, but there are one or two hidden gems still on offer. For example, the charming Chalet LA1150 is the latest chalet to be introduced to Les Allues, newly renovated for this ski season and promising a 4* rating and Meribel Label with the Meublé de Tourisme. Check latest availability here.
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